New Year's resolutions? There's an app for that

Courtney Ortega / Fort Worth Star-Telegram /

Whoever said “the hardest part of doing something is taking the first step” obviously never made a New Year’s resolution.

You start out with the best intentions, but then somewhere down the line, your resolve usually fizzles out before the goal is attained.

That’s why this year, we suggest taking your resolution to the next level, with several mobile apps that specialize in helping you achieve your personal goals.

Burn baby burn

The resolution: To lose those pesky pounds that have been plaguing you.

The app: LIVESTRONG MyPlate Calorie Tracker, $2.99, available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

What it does: MyPlate Calorie Tracker is a mobile food journal that makes it easy to track the food you eat wherever you go.

Using a daily calorie target that is based on your weight and weight goal, the simple-to-use app helps individuals make healthy choices thanks to a nutritional database of more than 1.3 million foods.

And with an additional section for keeping track of calories burned from various exercises, users will be on their way to their to reaching their goal weight in no time.

Quit the stick

The resolution: To quit smoking.

The app: My Last Cigarette, 99 cents, available for iPhone.

What it does: My Last Cigarette uses daily, motivational readouts that encourage kicking the habit. With stats like money saved and increase in life expectancy since you quit, this easy-to-use app makes quitting smoking seem not so daunting.

Hey, big spender

The resolution: To start shopping smarter and saving money.

The app: Toshl Finance, free, available for iPhone and Android.

What it does: Using charts and stats, Toshl Finance helps users understand where their money is going and how they can make their paychecks last longer.

You’ll be able to track your spending and cut down on frivolous purchases.

And should you find yourself traveling to another country, there’s a currency exchange section that will help you continue to make smart purchases no matter where you go.

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